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Stockton Home Safety Association Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 18th June, 2019
Time:
2.00pm
Place:
Ground Floor Conference Room, Municipal Buildings, Church Road, Stockton, TS18 1AU
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Mohammed Javed (In the Chair) Cllr Julia Whitehill (Vice-Chairman), V Vacancy,
Officers:
Paul Bell, Andrea Gledhill, Allison Lilliendahl, Sarah Whaley
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Mrs Ann McCoy, Michelle Bendelow
Item Description Decision
Public
SHA
1/19
APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRMAN FOR THE MUNICIPAL YEARS 2019 - 2023
RESOLVED that Councillor Ann McCoy be Appointed Chairman for the Municipal Years 2019 - 2023.

Councillor Mohammed Javed was appointed Chairman for this meeting only in the absence of Councillor Ann McCoy.
SHA
2/19
APPOINTMENT OF VICE-CHAIRMAN FOR THE MUNICIPAL YEARS 2019 - 2023
RESOLVED that Councillor Julia Whitehill be Appointed Vice-Chairman for the Municipal Years 2019 - 2023.
SHA
3/19
EVACUATION PROCEDURE
 
SHA
4/19
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
SHA
5/19
MINUTES FROM THE MEETING WHICH WAS HELD ON THE 26TH FEBRAURY 2019
RESOLVED that the minutes be approved.
SHA
6/19
TERMS OF REFERENCE
AGREED that due to the absence of the Chairman Councillor Ann McCoy, the item 'Terms of Reference' be deferred to a future meeting of the Stockton Home Safety Association in order that the Committee could carry out a full review as some of the terms required updating.
SHA
7/19
CAMPAIGN TOPICS
AGREED that the Governance Officer liaise with the Chairman of the Stockton Home Safety Association in relation to scheduling an additional meeting as detailed above.
SHA
8/19
FINANCIAL UPDATE
AGREED that the information be noted.
SHA
9/19
REPORT OF CHILDRENS CENTRE OFFICER
AGREED that the information be noted.
SHA
10/19
REPORT OF TRADING STANDARDS OFFICER
AGREED that the information be noted.
SHA
11/19
REPORT OF COMMUNITY SAFETY OFFICER
AGREED that the information be noted.
SHA
12/19
REPORT OF FIRE OFFICER
 
SHA
13/19
REPORT OF POLICE OFFICER
 
SHA
14/19
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
 
2.00pm

Preamble

ItemPreamble
SHA
3/19
The Evacuation Procedure was noted.
SHA
4/19
There were no declarations of interest.
SHA
5/19
Consideration was given to the minutes from the meeting which was held on 26th February for approval.
SHA
7/19
Members suggested that in the absence of the Chairman and due to the fact the next meeting of the Stockton Home Safety Association was not scheduled until 29th October 2019, an additional meeting be arranged to discuss campaign topics in greater detail.
SHA
8/19
The Enforcement Officer from Trading Standards informed the Committee that although there was no specific budget for the Stockton Home Safety Association, Trading Standards had set aside 1500 for future campaigns for the municipal year 2019 - 2020.
SHA
9/19
Members were given a brief overview by the Home Safety Officer from Children's Services.

The main topics discussed were as follows:

Children Centres were now known as 'Family Hubs'

There were still four Family Hubs in the Borough, Thornaby, Central Stockton, Roseworth, and Billingham.

Two hour sessions were offered at the hubs for families' which highlighted potential dangers within the home and the types of accidents that could occur. Families also had access to free or low cost safety equipment.

Children's Services were also offering families basic first aid courses.

Services available to families via the Family Hubs were promoted in Stockton News, community centres etc.

Events were also held in local libraries for parents in terms of child safety.

Information sessions were also provided for Midwives and Social Workers.
SHA
10/19
The Trading Standards Enforcement Officer gave the committee a brief update on the much publicised Whirlpool tumble dryer issues, where some models of dryer were bursting into flames.

The problem was a national issue and Whirlpool had been advised to trace as many customers as possible who may have the affected models, which included Hotpoint, Creda and Indeset.

Members were informed that members of the public that owned the models of dryer that had been identified as being problematic, and had not had their dryers modified, should unplug and not use them.

Whirlpool had been told to be more creative when trying to trace owners of the faulty dryers.

On a local level, information was provided relating to a complaint received from a member of the public who had suffered anaphylactic shock from what was believed to be a nut free meal. Remainders of the meal were being analysed and the investigation was still ongoing.
SHA
11/19
The Care Call Senior Officer from OneCall gave members a brief overview of the Services available to residents from OneCall. Members were also provided with recent statistical information, Onecall's Annual Report and a Prescriber Guide.

The main topics discussed were as follows:

- There had been 57,733 calls taken from the 1st January to 1st June 2019.

- The Service was looking to working more closely with care homes of which there were 35.

- A brief discussion took place around technology available to residents which included alarms, detectors and sensors to enable them to live independently, safely and securely. In particular the Buddi device which had a GPS locator within it that could be set to raise an alarm if the client stepped out of a predetermined safe zone. The system could be set to place an alert call to the OneCall monitoring centre or a family member.

- Members discussed costs associated with the service and if services were funded by the Local Authority. Officers confirmed 70% of those residents using the service were funded by Social Services however there was a number of residents who self-funded and could pay on a monthly basis.

Self-funders could refer themselves for services through One Call and pay a small costs towards services received.

There was no Community Safety Officer in attendance at the meeting and therefore no Community Safety report offered.
SHA
12/19
There was no Fire Officer in attendance at the meeting and therefore no reports offered.
SHA
13/19
There was no Police Officer in attendance at the meeting and therefore no reports offered.
SHA
14/19
No additional business to report.

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